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Sauber scores 14 World Cup points in Australia: from zero to 3 in the team classification

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Sauber scores 14 World Cup points in Australia
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F ure it wasn't an easy Melbourne- Week. But on race Sunday all the anger about the Van der Garde court case suddenly disappeared. The blue cars from Hinwil were significantly more competitive than their gray predecessors last year. Felipe Nasr surprisingly raced to 5th place, Marcus Ericsson landed in 8th place.

Sauber with first points after 16 months

With that, Sauber collected a total of 14 points. After the 2014 zero season, an unusual feeling for the fans of the Swiss racing team. The last Sauber driver to make it into the top ten was Nico H├╝lkenberg - in November 2013 in Sao Paulo. With the good result from Melbourne, the team from Hinwil even moved up to 3rd place in the team ranking. Only Mercedes and Ferrari were able to score better.

'Clean last year - that was a slip up. Our benchmark is usually higher than last place,' said team boss Monisha Kaltenborn with satisfaction. 'We worked hard in winter to achieve better results on our own again. And if there is an opportunity, we can seize it. Last year we weren't around to take advantage of such opportunities.' /p>

The progress can be seen. The car is reliable. And the speed is also right. Sauber seems to be able to regularly fight for points again - even without the failure orgy and the problems of the competition. 'The overall package is better: Ferrari has made a giant leap in terms of the engine. And we have also taken a step forward with the chassis,' said Kaltenborn.

Nasr consistently and quickly

Felipe Nasr also had a large share in the points in Melbourne. The rookie, who started in 10th place, already plowed his way forward in the first corners. He had enemy contact with several competitors. The Brazilian prevailed without compromise but not unfairly. His C34 survived several smaller collisions without damage.

'At first I thought that something on the car might be broken after all. But after a few laps everything felt normal,' said the driver happily. 'After this incident, the race went according to plan. My pursuers put me under a lot of pressure during the race, which was not always easy. It was a very emotional race, both for me and for the whole team.'

There was special praise from team boss Kaltenborn: 'Felipe has a lotgood race shown - especially in terms of consistency. Rookies sometimes only show their talent in certain phases. The question always arises whether they can keep that up for a whole race. Felipe drove very sensibly over the entire distance. '

Can Sauber continue to surprise?

Nasr was even able to keep Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull behind him. The stronger Toro Rosso also had no chance. Kaltenborn then tried to keep the ball flat. 'That was a race with special circumstances. We know that we still have to work a lot to achieve our goals. '

Unfortunately, Sauber cannot buy anything for the good result.' I don't assume that new sponsors will suddenly be around the corner . But I like to be surprised, 'joked the team boss. And then she flirted with the Van der Garde annoyance:' It was certainly more exciting at the pit wall today than all the races last year. The race weekend was actually exciting enough as it is. '

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